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Management Board

Vonovia's Management Board currently has five members.  

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Rolf Buch

CEO
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Arnd Fittkau

CRO
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Philip Grosse

CFO
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Daniel Riedl

CDO
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Ruth Werhahn

CHRO
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Rolf Buch

Name: Rolf Buch
Year of Birth: 1965
Nationality: German
Place of Residence: Gütersloh
Initial Appointment: 2013
Appointment until: 29 February 2028
Function: Chief Executive Officer

 

Professional Career

He is a member of the executive board of the German Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW), vice president of the German central real estate committee Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA) and the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development, and a member of the board of directors of the European Public Real Estate Association EPRA in Brussels. Upon taking up his office, Rolf Buch led Vonovia as it entered the stock exchange. In 2015, Vonovia SE was promoted to the German leading index DAX 30, and in September 2020 to the EURO STOXX 50. The company is also included in other national and international indices such as the DAX 50 ESG.
He began his career as an assistant to the management at Bertelsmann Distribution GmbH in Gütersloh in 1991. In 1996, he was promoted to managing director of Bertelsmann Services France and became a member of the management board of Arvato AG in 2002. In 2008, he became CEO of Arvato AG and was appointed to the management board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.

Academic Career: Rolf Buch had studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at RWTH Aachen University.

Further Appointments and Mandates*:

  • Kötter Group (Member of the Council of Shareholders)
  • Apleona GmbH (Member of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Shareholders)
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Arnd Fittkau

Name: Arnd Fittkau
Born in: 1973
Nationality: German
Place of residence: Essen
Initial appointment: 2019
Appointed until: 31.05.2027
Function: Member of the Management Board (CRO)

 

Professional Career

In his role as Chief Rental Officer (CRO), Arnd Fittkau is responsible for the property management business in the North, East, South and West business areas, as well as for customer service and portfolio and tenant management.

Following completion of a management training program at MAN Gutehoffnungshütte AG (1992–1996), Arnd Fittkau started his career in various controlling functions. After holding positions at MAN AG in Munich and Hochtief AG in Essen, he joined the company now known as Vonovia in 2002. He spent three years as Head of Controlling for the GAGFAH Group starting in 2005. Since 2008, Arnd Fittkau has held several managing directorships at Vonovia subsidiaries in various locations such as Bochum, Munich, Frankfurt and Gelsenkirchen. Most recently, he held the position of chief representative of Vonovia SE from the beginning of March 2018 and chaired the regional management teams.

 

Further Appointments and Mandates*: 

  • STEAG Fernwärme GmbH (Member of the Advisory Board)
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Philip Grosse

Name: Philip Grosse
Year of Birth: 1970
Nationality: German
Place of Residence: Berlin
Initial Appointment: 2022
Appointed until: 31.12.2024
Function: Member of the Management Board (CFO)

 

Professional career

Philip Grosse has held the position of CFO on the Management Board of Vonovia SE since January 2022. After completing his studies, he worked in investment banking in Frankfurt and London from 1997 to 2012, his last position being that of Managing Director and Head of Equity Capitals Markets in Germany and Austria at Credit Suisse. Philip Grosse has held leading positions with a focus on corporate finance and investor relations for the Deutsche Wohnen Group since 2013. In 2016, he was appointed to the Management Board of Deutsche Wohnen as CFO.

 

Further Appointments and Mandates*:

  • QUARTERBACK Immobilien AG (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • AVW Versicherungsmakler GmbH (Member of the Supervisory Board since July 2023)
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Daniel Riedl

Name: Daniel Riedl
Year of Birth: 1969
Nationality: Austrian
Place of Residence: Wien
Initial Appointment: 2018
Appointed until: 31.05.2026
Function: Member of the Management Board (CDO)

 

Professional Career

Daniel Riedl has been a member of the Management Board of Vonovia SE as Chief Development Officer since May 2018. Riedl is a graduate in business administration and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Already between 2004 and 2011, he headed BUWOG in its previous form. From 2008 to 2014, he served on the Executive Board of IMMOFINANZ AG and chaired the Supervisory Board of BUWOG GmbH from the beginning of 2012 until October 2013. In November 2013 Riedl was appointed CEO of BUWOG AG and led BUWOG through the spin-off of IMMOFINANZ AG to the successful stock exchange listing.

 

Further Appointment and Mandate*:

  • QUARTERBACK Immobilien AG (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • GROPYUS AG (Member of the Supervisory Board)
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Ruth Werhahn

Name: Ruth Werhahn
Year of Birth: 1971
Nationality: German
Place of residence: Neuss
Initial Appointment: 1 October 2023
Appointed until: 30 September 2026
Current position: Member of the Management Board (CHRO)

Professional Career

Ruth Werhahn joined the Management Board of Vonovia SE as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) on 1 October 2023.

She was a member of the Board of Management at TÜV Rheinland AG, where she also served as Labour Director. In addition to Human Resources, Ruth Werhahn was responsible for the organisation’s international regions and thus the coordination of cross-departmental activities of this technical inspection service.

After her degree in law, she started her career in Human Resources at Veba AG in Düsseldorf in 2000. From 2001 onwards, she held a range of positions in the newly created E.ON Group. This included a role as Head of Central Staff for the Board of Management and Supervisory Board from 2004 until the end of 2007. In 2008, she joined the Management Board of E.ON Nordic AB in Malmö, Sweden, where one of her functions was to head Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. From 2010 to 2013, she managed the development of the new business segment of Electric Mobility in the E.ON Group. In 2013, Ruth Werhahn returned to Human Resources where she headed HR of the German operations of E.ON SE.

Further Appointments and Mandates*:

  • LVM Lebensversicherungs-AG (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • LVM Pensionsfonds-AG (Member of the Supervisory Board; affiliated with LVM Lebensversicherungs-AG)
  • Oras Invest Ltd. (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Wilh. Werhahn KG, Neuss (Member of the Supervisory Board)

*all members of the Management Board hold internal mandates with non-listed companies; excluding mandates attributable to the Vonovia Group

**listed companies

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